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BP: Ship Fire Halts Oil Capture in Gulf

Tuesday, 15 Jun 2010 02:55 PM

 

A fire believed caused by lightning has shut down a system capturing oil from a gushing well in the Gulf of Mexico, according to BP, whose well is spilling millions of gallons of oil.

The fire, which was spotted around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday on a drill ship called the Discoverer Enterprise, was extinguished quickly, BP said.

Nobody was injured, but a system siphoning oil from a containment cap above the well was shut down as a precaution, BP said.

The capture operation was expected to resume later Tuesday.

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